Credit card skimmers in Arizona: 146 found since January 2018

Posted at 4:29 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2019-01-14 15:24:06-05

Officials have found their first credit card skimmer of 2019.

The total number of discovered skimmers in 2018 have more than doubled all that were found in 2017.

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The most recent skimmer was located on Januar 11, 2019 near Lake Pleasant and Pinnacle Peak roads in Peoria.

Of the 148 credit card skimmers found at gas stations around our state so far in 2018, 17 were found in the month of December.

Take a look at the map below to see where skimmers were found so far in 2018.

Weights and Measures investigators say the devices they are finding are becoming more complex, including some utilizing Bluetooth technology to remotely access card information.

From January 2017 through May 2018, officials have found 89 credit card skimmers at 72 locations around Arizona. In 2017, a total of 56 skimmers were found at locations across the state.

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Agency officials tell ABC15 they are now working with gas pump technicians, encouraging them to report skimming devices so they can better track them and look for trends.